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Am I A Pelagianist? (Do We Earn God's Love?)

Posted by thethousandmarch on August 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (182)

I was drinking from my son’s Mickey Mouse cup the other night and it prompted my daughter to tell me that she had decided for her birthday that she would have Pony (My Little Pony) cups for the girls and Mickey cups for the boys. This may seem like a trivial thing, but it’s moments like this that give me great joy. In them I see an expression, no matter how small, of my daughter’s individuality. She is expr...

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Seems to Think Porn Addicts Need More Judgment

Posted by thethousandmarch on October 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Is the Church too judgmental? Many people seem to think so. Yet in the new movie Don Jon it seems the Roman Catholic Church is being criticized for being not judgmental enough. Each week the main character Jon, who is addicted to pornography and usually manages to bed a new girl each time he goes to the club, confesses his sins for which he is “sorry”. The priest then tells him to say X number of Our Fathe...

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What Causes Me Doubt

Posted by thethousandmarch on September 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

There are two things that cause me doubt in regards to my faith. The first is the exclusive nature of my faith’s story. I must admit that when I hear people criticizing the belief that faith in Jesus is the only way to be saved from hell, I must admit it gets me thinking. It does seem a bit arrogant, narrow minded and foolish to believe such a thing. Yet this is the Christian story. “Salvation is found in no one ...

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Les Miserables an Analysis

Posted by thethousandmarch on January 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In the story of Les Miserables we have a very powerful illustration of the theology of law vs. Gospel. (As a side note, the law is not always opposed to the Gospel; God’s law serves the process of redemption. But when its purpose is not understood it is forced to stand in conflict against the Gospel. ) In Jean Valjean we see a man redeemed by grace, a man who understands God’s mercy. He understands the gift God h...

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What's the Problem with Santa Claus

Posted by thethousandmarch on December 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I’m not particularly distressed about the commercialization, or secularization of Christmas. I’m concerned about a much more insidious problem – the American Santa Claus myth. What makes dealing with this particular problem difficult is that there is so much societal pressure to have our kids believe in Santa Claus. I don’t really want to have to make a stand against Santa Claus. And I don’t wan...

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I'm Thankful That I Know I'm a Sinner in Need of God's Mercy

Posted by thethousandmarch on October 30, 2012 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

When I was a teenager I thought I was a relatively mature and upstanding young man (I probably was, relative being the key word). Over the years I have grown more aware of my shortcomings and do not think of myself as highly as I once did. And to be honest I’m rather embarrassed of my younger self. I’m sure my character flaws are still more apparent to others than they are to myself, yet I do imagine that I have ...

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Christianity is for Losers

Posted by thethousandmarch on May 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

As I said a few posts ago, Christianity is offensive. However if you are offended by Christianity why be concerned? Christianity is for losers. It is understandable that people are offended by the message of Jesus – the religious people of his day certainly were – but why should anyone really care about what Jesus said if they conclude that he was a fool? I myself feel a little uncomfortable when a raving fundame...

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Sanctification? - In Preparation for Easter

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I did nothing to officially observe Lent this year even though we now go to a church that has Lenten specific services. But, having a new baby makes it difficult to do a whole lot of anything. Still, I thought Lent would be a good time of year to write something on the subject of sanctification.

As a side note I’m not exactly sure why we...

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The Problem With Shaming

Posted by thethousandmarch on March 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

In a couple of my most recent posts concerning manliness I’ve stated that shaming is not an effective way to motivate men to “act like men”. I’m going to say a little more about that in this post.

I recently read a book by Richard Weissbourd entitled “The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermin...

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Mark Driscoll is a Joke, and So am I

Posted by thethousandmarch on January 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This post is a follow up to my last two posts.


I just happened to see this clip on youtube of Francis Chan admonishing men to act like men, which got me thinking. www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAe5ULE8n_4


Then I saw this clip of Mark Dris...

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